As a parent, I find I am always organizing my family. Between sports, play dates, and school for the kids, and social events and family birthdays for my husband and I, there always seems to be something. Over the last few months, I have added article deadlines for work and assignment deadlines for school.
July is always a crazy month for us with the Calgary Stampede and Jack, Eva, and Marie’s birthday. This month is made even crazier with a wedding and two weeks of classes on campus in Calgary, plus assignments due a week later. Oh. And my husband decided to book eye surgery. So he won’t be able to see for the last week of July. And I don’t even want to talk about all the paperwork I have to fill out.
I can say that if you are not scheduled in on a specific day, I won’t see you.
So, how do we as parents deal with all the planning and scheduling?
For me, I make lists. And I keep a lot of it in my head.
I also like using a calendar and day timer. I’m still looking for one that really fits my lifestyle, but I think that I want one that has an hourly breakdown as well as a big calendar that I can book specific dates.
I just finished a two-week online success course that spoke of the importance of writing everything important down on a calendar. That way, you can see if there are any crossovers. You can also see when you have free time for any prep work. This week is my prep week for the next couple weeks. I have birthday party stuff to pick up, cakes to make, and places to go to drop off school documents.
When you are super busy, and I know that I am not the only one who juggles work, school, children, a spouse, and friends, I think that it is important to seize the free time. Whether it is to schedule doing nothing, shopping, or getting errands done, it is important to plan your life out when it gets busy.
While planning can be important, I think that it can also get overwhelming. Be sure to keep everything in one place. Use your own method of organization. If you need a list and a calendar, then use it. It may be helpful to find an app on your phone or create your own page on excel or word that fits what you are looking for.
If it gets too much, take a deep breath and then write everything down on a piece of paper. It does not have to be organized, just on the paper. After it is out of your head, you can organize it. This is a method that I really like to use when I have a million things swimming around.
Whatever your method, know that you are not alone. We all need to organize our lives and other peoples when living as a family. You can’t co-exist together if you don’t orchestrate your lives together.